The OMA-designed McKinsey & Company Hong Kong Office opens today. With the aim of challenging the conventional model of corporate office design, OMA brings McKinsey a brand new office design that caters to its needs for flexibility and enhanced collaboration, while fulfilling McKinsey's rigorous requirements for maintaining client confidentiality.
Coinciding with the start of the Venice Biennale today, OMA and Prada open an exhibition surveying recent collaborative works. The exhibition appears at Ca' Corner della Regina, a former palazzo, alongside highlights from the Prada Fondazione collection. more
OMA has begun to install its exhibition of projects with Prada at Ca’ Corner della Regina, a 17th century palazzo in Venice and the venue of a new outpost for the Fondazione Prada. The show, which opens on 1 June to coincide with the Biennale, includes the Prada Transformer project and a detailed scale model for the future Fondazione Prada in Milan (pictured here being hauled in through a window); the rest of the palazzo will feature work from the Fondazione's collection, including Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst. more
Groundbreaking takes place today for the new campus of Chu Hai College of Higher Education in Hong Kong, designed by OMA. The campus will facilitate encounters between students from different departments in verdant surroundings, and offer a new identity for the college. The campus will open its doors in 2013. more
Cronocaos, OMA's exhibition on the increasingly urgent topic of preservation in architecture and urbanism, opens to the press today in New York. First shown at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale and now occupying the New Museum's new gallery space – a former restaurant supply store on the Bowery – Cronocaos examines the growing "empire" of preservation and its consequences for the way we build, demolish, and remember. more
As the sixth event of The British School at Rome's program "Three Cities in Flux, an investigation into urban regeneration in London, Milan and Rome," OMA Partner Reinier de Graaf will present the lecture and exhibition "On Hold" on 4 May.
The exhibition will show ten of OMA's masterplanning commissions which are now either on hold or discontinued: an urban regeneration project in White City, London, a project for the Nuova Bovisa science city in Milan, and a selection of projects in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. more
Cronocaos, OMA's exhibition on the increasingly urgent topic of preservation in architecture and urbanism, will appear at New York's New Museum 7 May – 5 June. First shown at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale, Cronocaos examines the growing "empire" of preservation – 12 percent of the planet now falls under various regimes of natural and cultural preservation – and analyzes the consequences of these regimes for how we build, demolish, and how we remember. "Through our respect for the past, heritage is becoming more and more the dominant metaphor for our lives today – a situation we call Cronocaos," Rem Koolhaas says. "We are trying to find what the future of our memory will look like."
OMA has been selected by the Communauté urbaine de Bordeaux (CUB) to develop a strategy for the introduction of 50,000 new housing units across 27 communes. The strategy will seek ways to achieve density, mixed use and accessibility for the new housing over a territory of 550km2, allowing Bordeaux to absorb population growth in a sustainable way. At the same time, the scheme must develop density without being necessarily urban. more
Dutch fashion house Viktor & Rolf has opened its first generic store, designed by OMA as a blueprint for future V&R stores around the world, inside Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, London. Full project details... more
The Barbican Art Gallery in London has announced a major exhibition this October on OMA, with the theme of PROGRESS. The exhibition will be guest curated by Rotor – a collective based in Brussels, known for their recent exhibition in the Belgian Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. Working with material processes and their use and re-use in architecture, Rotor’s approach will yield fresh insight into both the built projects and conceptual work of OMA and AMO. more
Victor van der Chijs, Managing Partner at OMA, is one of nine industry leaders who will head a 'top team' charged with exploring ways of stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. The team will focus on the creative industries, and consists of representatives from creative companies, research institutes and government. The key objective of the project, called To the Top – Towards a New Enterprise Policy is to give entrepreneurs more scope for their activities and enable them to grow. The 'top team' will generate recommendations to help creative companies compete on the world market and benefit from growing world trade.
Moscow, 25 January, 2011 – OMA/AMO is a finalist in the competition to design the masterplan for the Skolkovo Centre for Innovation, or "Russian Silicon Valley," 20 kilometers outside Moscow. Announcement of the winner is imminent. more
Facade work has begun on Shenzhen Stock Exchange, designed by OMA as the new home for China's equivalent of the NASDAQ exchange for high-tech industries. See link below for more of the latest construction images. The facade of the tower is scheduled for completion at the end of August, with the facade of the floating podium – suspended 36 metres over a public plaza and projecting 54 metres from the base of the tower – to be completed at the end of October. Full project info more
The Dee and Charles Wyly theatre in Dallas, designed by REX/OMA, has received the 2011 Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects. The AIA jury called the Wyly "a totally new way to investigate the potential of performative experimentation" which has "completely re-choreographed the way in which one experiences a theater." more
Edwin Heathcote, architecture critic of the Financial Times, interviewed Rem Koolhaas over lunch at the Venice Biennale:
"Now 66 years old, he is perhaps the most influential architect of our age. His designs span the world, from Seattle to Beijing, New York to London and include work at every conceivable scale, from museums and theatres to corporate HQs, shops and books … He is also one of the few architects who still talks about ideas and politics …The pizza arrives ... I look sympathetically at Koolhaas who, removing his cheese, is left only with dough and tinned tomato. He does this with the detachment of a pathologist removing organs, then orders another espresso, apparently surprised I still don't want one." Full article
OMA is pleased to announce Iyad Alsaka and David Gianotten as new partners in the company. Their appointment supports OMA's growing number of architectural and research projects in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. more
Shohei Shigematsu, OMA partner and director of the New York office, lectures in Quebec City on architectural thinking in the financial crisis, and OMA's design for a new building for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. The lecture, on 30 September, took place at the Musée de la civilisation as part of the University Laval School of Architecture's 2010-2011 conference series. Recording via Télé-Québec.
Rem Koolhaas and associate Clement Blanchet have received the Fooding 2010 award for best interior design for Le Dauphin, a new restaurant by chef Fred Penau in a new development area in the 11th arrondissement in Paris. The design, an "obsession in white" made with marble, mirrors and wood, provides a pure scenographic background for Le Dauphin's cuisine. The materials enlarge the 80m2 space through reflection, as street-facing mirrored surfaces blur the boundary between interior and exterior. Le Dauphin, scheduled to open at the beginning of December, was conceived as a complement to Le Châteaubriand, one of the world's most critically acclaimed restaurants, also by Fred Peneau, and Iniaki Aispitarte, located two doors down. The Fooding prize is a new alternative to the traditional French restaurant rating system, and is awarded by lefooding.com, an alternative restaurant and culinary guide.
OMA partner and director of the New York office Shohei Shigematsu spoke at the TEDx East conference on Interconnectivity in New York today. Shigematsu's talk, 'Superspecific,' was on architecture's dependence not only onprogram, site, and zoning restrictions, but on a larger matrix of economic and emotional connections. (Video coming soon.)